Looking for something a little special to bake up for the holidays? Try these elegant crunchy treats from our Test Kitchen. They’re great with coffee or alongside sorbet and sherbet.
HOLIDAY TIP: Bake an extra batch or two of these dainty pastries. Wrap in colored cellophane and curly ribbons as quick take-home gifts for yuletide visitors!
This wonderful recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. My dad and husband always request it for their birthday cake. When you bake it, the aroma of cinnamon and clove fill the kitchen. —Heather Abel, Hale Center, Texas
“I like to take treats to my co-workers at the nursery/gift shop where I work. When rhubarb season arrives, I make this rich, sweet baklava so I can share the fruits of my garden.” —Sue Bolsinger, Anchorage, Alaska
"Many ethnic festivals are held here throughout the year. One in May is the Greek Hellenic Festival. My family enjoys Baklava—a traditional walnut strudel. The recipe (below) uses phyllo dough, which is not difficult to work with. Just have your ingredients ready to go and follow the directions on the package. The results are scrumptious and well worth the effort."
—Judy Losecco, Buffalo
While visiting friends in New Zealand, I watched this dessert being made. Back at home, I came up with my own version. It’s great with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. —Carol Simpkins, Santa Cruz, California